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Near to our home here in Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand lies this graveyard. There must be about twenty five tractors and other vehicles at rest here.
The tractor on the left is a Massey Ferguson and the foreground one is a Fordson Dexter. Eight years ago I used to own a Dexter to tow my boat.
An amusing story about Dexter’s – when we were on the Isle of Wight in the UK on holiday in 2000 we came across a fair. The usual country fair where a great deal of interesting things were going on. At one display put on by a vintage tractor club i spied a Fordson Dexter. While I was examining this immaculate machine, the owner came across and we started chatting. I told him that I had a Dexter back home in New Zealand but it was a petrol one, not like his diesel. His answer was ’ They never made a petrol Dexter.’ So not wishing to argue I changed the subject. We continued exploring the Island and later that evening back at the hotel in Ryde, the receptionist knowing we were from NZ asked ’ Excuse me, do you own a Fordson Dexter ? ’ This took me completely by surprise and my comment was: ’ Yes I do, but it’s not parked in your car park !’ Her reply was ’ I asked because a gentleman has been ringing all the hotels on the Isle of Wight trying to locate you. ’ I rang him on the number he had left and he profusely apologised re the petrol Dexter – he had checked his tractor books and low and behold, found that the petrol Dexter was produced for export only to Norway, Australia and New Zealand. The engine used was the same as that of the Standard Vanguard car – a few of you oldies in the UK, OZ & NZ will remember the Vanguard I am sure.
I have an idea that it was a three cylinder but maybe that was just how it felt climbing hills with the boat behind it………..lol !
This would make the petrol Dexter quite valuable now – pity I didn’t keep it.
Lumix GH2 at 19mm, 1/500, f/8, iso160, mode manual.
Single RAW image, Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.